Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-07-08 12:49:43 –
Glenwood Springs, Colorado (KMGH) — When a small community gathers around the cause, we don’t know what can be achieved. This includes helping 12-year-old Turner Fautsko.
“If you reach out to the right people, things are really possible,” said Turner’s dad, Matt Fortsco.
Turner was born in a rare genetic condition called KIF1A-related neuropathy (KAND). He is non-verbal and requires the use of a wheelchair. That’s until his Glenwood Springs community gets involved.
“We did a big fundraiser for Turner,” said Turner’s mother, Jenny Fortsko.
In a small town of just 10,000 people, we raised over $ 35,000 to buy a TREXO robot, a machine that assists Turner in walking. It consists of 5 computers. One is on the hips, knees and central system.
Last evening, Fautsko’s family met with friends and community members to express their gratitude and show what their heartfelt donations had achieved.
Jenny said when Turner took the first few steps in public.
When a 12-year-old child crossing the Glenwood Springs pedestrian bridge led a mini-parade, the crowd cheered and raised a sign.
“Clearly he enjoys what he is doing because we see him happy when he is walking,” Jenny said.
Turner’s parents said the robot gimmick changed his son’s life.
“We have already seen so many benefits in his personality, and it will also help in terms of health,” Jenny said.
Turner can’t say what robots, walking, and community efforts mean to him, but he can express his feelings with a big smile at the end of his 600-step journey.
This story was originally reported by Jason Gruenauer thedenverchannel.com.